April 18, 2008

Zippity Shotgun

Posted by James at April 18, 2008 2:02 PM
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Is it sad that after looking at the period table of the condiments my only thought was "who was the nitwit that arranged this and id he have ANY training in chemistry at all?". Dimitri Medeleev (Ok I had to look that up) would be appalled.

The columns are suuposed to be related! So why would you have mayo not in the same column as Tartar sauce and Miracle whip? Why would BBQ saucce be under mustard and not ketchup? Cream chees and lox ...Hello? Aspartame and Saccharine are condiments? and they are related to pepper and marachino? Give me 15 minutes with that thing and I can have it rearranged appropriately.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 18, 2008 2:21 PM

I on the other hand should clearly be kept away from a keyboard. I apparently have no clue which keys are which.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 18, 2008 2:22 PM

You and me both.

Posted by: James at April 18, 2008 2:31 PM

I agree - the periodic table is cool to look at until you actually see the words, letters, and numbers. Kinda of weird to see all of those letters in the wrong places. And the atomic numbers don't seem to mean anything.

The expiration info is useful - too bad the condiments aren't organized in a way that makes them easier to find.

Posted by: Julie at April 18, 2008 2:59 PM

My husband frequently reminds me that I'm a geek, which is true. Sometimes he is specific, as in when he calls me a font geek. Other times, it's more generic, like when he tells me I'm way more of a geek than he is (also probably true).

Now's my big chance:

Honey, you are a science geek.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 18, 2008 3:45 PM

I posted about Zamzar at my blog and a reader immediately pointed me to http://www.mediaconverter.org/
where you can do it without the emailing part!

Posted by: Karen at April 18, 2008 3:46 PM

P.S. Have you tried the Daily Number Puzzle? I'm starting to like that one even better.

Posted by: Karen at April 18, 2008 3:47 PM

I tried it once and solved it quickly (which may have been luck). It's more my kind of puzzle than Set is. I enjoy Set, but I do get frustrated by my lack of skill.

Posted by: James at April 18, 2008 3:54 PM

We had media convert in a shotgun back on '06

But I've always got my eyes peeled for a decent media converter, and Zamzar is nifty, too. The more media converters, the more likely I'll be abler to remember to turn to one of them in a pinch.

Posted by: James at April 18, 2008 3:56 PM

Oh come on. The whole point of the periodic table is to group the elements into families. what's the point with doing that with other stuff if you ignore that. For example my beeriodic table puts porters and stouts together and all wheat beers together. makes sense. I've seen tables where they come up with new meanings for the existing letters (clever). this just threw a bunch of elements into the table shape without any regard to what when where. lazy.

Posted by: B.O.B. (bob) at April 18, 2008 4:01 PM

I'm not saying you're wrong, I'm just calling you a geek as you are, well, strident in your wish to correct a crypto-scientific table...

Posted by: Patti M. at April 18, 2008 4:24 PM

I'd like the condiment table better if it was sorted and colored. I guess I'm a geek as well. :)

Posted by: briwei at April 18, 2008 5:13 PM

OK - you guys have your assignment for the weekend. An intelligently-organized periodic table of condiments.

Posted by: James at April 18, 2008 5:20 PM

I actually started working on it at work but was interupted (dman work) and didn't get back to it. If I do I'll send it to you.

Posted by: Patti M. at April 18, 2008 8:13 PM

Whoops, that was me. Damn shared computer.

Posted by: B.O.B.(bob) at April 18, 2008 8:44 PM

I think we should have a contest: who is geekier, Patti or Bob?

It's tough. I think of a geek as anyone who is not overly knowledgeable, but rather knowledgeable and overly concerned with telling you when you're wrong about a particular subject.

So Bob definitely scores some geeky points over the periodic table. (OTOH, Bob, if I had looked at it that would have aggravated me as well. How is that even a table? Just because you put things in rows and columns, doesn't make them a table. There has to be some order. It reminds me of something non-geeks do all the time: completely misunderstand something and then think they're being clever by applying it to condiments. God, I hate it when people do that. ;-)

Now that I've defined geekiness in a completely insulting manner (I've never looked it up, did I get it right?), does anybody want to venture an opinion as to who's geekier?


Posted by: Maggie at April 18, 2008 10:09 PM

There needs to be a column for "noble sauces."

Posted by: Julie at April 18, 2008 10:26 PM

[quote]There needs to be a column for "noble sauces."[/quote]


Would that include Worcschester, or are you going even more noble, like Bernaise?

Posted by: mjfrombuffalo at April 19, 2008 7:21 AM

I don't accept that definition of geekiness. It's just about the specificity of your knowledge, or lopsidedness.

I don't think a well-rounded person can truly be a geek, because to me it implies a tradeoff.

Posted by: James at April 19, 2008 8:19 AM

I agree with James about geekiness, since that appears to be the common usage (and usage is nine-tenths of the law).

If you want to go by the dictionary and not by usage, then we're probably back to biting the heads off of chickens.

As for the Noble Sauces, I was thinking of sauces that are impervious to all other condiments. I don't think there is any such thing. :)

Posted by: Julie at April 19, 2008 9:36 PM

I freely admit I am more geeky. To prove my point, I will say that as I was changing the name and address back to me (shared computer), I thought, "I should really set up a profile/log-in for each of us."

Posted by: Patti M. at April 20, 2008 6:05 PM

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